LMR Degradation Public Hearing Public Hearing Announcement for Sycamore Waste Water Treatment Plant Discharge Permit September 23, 2004 Montgomery Elementary School 9609 Montgomery Road Montgomery, OH Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has requested a discharge permit that will LOWER THE WATER QUALITY STANDARDS FOR THE LITTLE MIAMI RIVER. MSD plans to ignore full secondary sewage treatment (the accepted method for the last century) in favor of "blending" sewage during wet weather. This is sewage treatment on the cheap and it contradicts the 30 year old Clean Water Act. The LMR is enjoyed by thousands of hikers and bikers, paddlers, fishers, and swimmers. Please attend this meeting to let them know how much you you value this natural gem of a river in our backyard. The Little Miami is one of the original 27 study rivers of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (1968). The upper two sections became an Ohio Scenic River in 1969 and 1971 and a National one in 1973. The lower section including the Cincinnati reach was designated National in 1980. National designations are under Sec. 2(a)ii, state-managed. The river section in the Sycamore WWTP area also has a "special warmwater habitat"designation by the state of Ohio for its rich biodiversity. Farther downstream, the Magrish Nature Preserve has recently been designated an "important bird area." The river is unusual in flowing through a major metropolitan area, 6 miles of it thru Cincinnati proper; earlier on it was the only such national river. The Little Miami has 94 miles in the system. Another index of rarity is that this river has about 10% of the total 2(a)ii mileage in the nation. And the entire NW&SR system makes up only 3/10ths of 1% of the total river miles in the nation (see diagram attached). The area involved has recently become an Important Bird Area, a discrete site that provides significant habitat for the large variety of birds found there.